The last time this happened was in 1989 and that fancier was Geoff Cooper and this week it was Geoff and Catherine Cooper who again took the first three in section G from the Tarbes International NFC. When the birds were liberated on Sunday with the wind turning west south west they thought not only would they be struggling for a good open position as they live in the west of England but they thought they would not have much chance of success in the section. Geoff and Catherine’s family of birds have that rare quality that enables them to win from all distances, from a sprint of 60 miles, 100 km. through to 650 miles, 1000+ km.
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t go into a lot of detail about all there wins, this article is mainly about their birds they clocked this weekend.
The first clocked was a two year old cock called “Woody”, named after all the wood pigeons which kept diving for the loft roof whilst they were waiting! He nearly wasn’t sent to Tarbes, as although he is only a two year old he is already breeding very good pigeons, he bred Geoff and Catherine’s 15th open Poitiers National F.C. pigeon.
“Woody” is bred for International racing, being from a brother of “Farm Boy“, who has twice been on the Dax International result, 12th and 475th, and 3rd Dax NFC, 7th Dax NFC and 7th Ace pigeon Euro Diamond, when paired to a daughter of “Miss Dax” who won 93rd International Dax hens, when “Miss Dax” was paired to a son of “Morning Glory” 2 x 2nd open Pau National Flying Club.
Geoff and Catherine’s second section winner was a pigeon now called “PD” after Paul and Dave, who gave up their time to watch the birds back over the weekend as Catherine’s daughter was getting married on the Saturday. “PD” is a son of “Farm Boy” when paired to a daughter of “Iban” who won amongst many other wins 10th International Perpignan and the “Wriggler” who won 1st National Falaise and 5th NFC Dax etc when paired to a daughter of “21” who is also the dam of “Miss Dax”.
Their third pigeon was “Eustace” who has previously won 8th National Falaise, his sire was a son of “21” when paired to a daughter of “Masahiko” the father of “Magnus” one of Deweerdts top racing cocks. The dam of “Eustace” is a half sister to “Farm Boy”.
This is top racing when the elements are against you, having to cross at least 130 km of sea after flying from the south of France and then having to fly a further 100 kms through rain showers and battle against the westerly winds. Geoff and Catherine were also very pleased for their good friend Paul Kendall who clocked two pigeons to win 1st open and 7th open, they bred the Grandmother of the 1st open pigeon Litton Lad. Both these birds had a lot of Morning Glory bloodlines in them, Morning Glory being 75% Cooper bloodlines. Also pleasing for their good friend Mark Dorrington who actually bred the first open pigeon Litton Glory and had two birds home the next day to win 5th and 6th section G.